|Sauti Moja Marsbit staff with Tim Wright, Director.|
I learned that although these staff had pre-identified community needs and initiated projects to support their communities, they were still surprised, as they delved further into the lives of the most marginalized who were somewhat ‘invisible’ even to them. The invisible were some young girls, alone and with a child; others were widows, impoverished after losing their husbands; and others are women, ostracized for life for having a child outside of marriage. These vulnerable girls and women and their children represent the full spectrum of ethnicity and religions.
|Martha, Child Mother Coordinator, listening to a|
young beneficiary explain her situation.
I used to think that the large aid organizations have the money and resources to the job, but aid doesn't always reach the poorest. When relief is distributed in these communities, it may be dropped off, and left for community representatives to distribute. Some of the poorest are not included on the ‘beneficiary list’, as the poorest, after all, are 'invisible' and because of the scale of their operations the large agencies are unable to treat beneficiaries as individuals and their challenges individually.